D. A. Mendis
Prof Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Solar system physics, cometary physics, physics of dusty plasmas Professor Mendis is a space physicist who is credited with ushering "dustry plasma research into mainstream science," according to editors of a 2001 issue of IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science dedicated to him on his 65th birthday.When micrometer-size particulates-in some cases dust-are introduced into a plasma, they become charged and are much heavier than usual electrons and ions. The study of dusty plasmas has opened up the possibility of modified or entirely new collective modes of oscillation, instabilities and linear or nonlinear waves. The IEEE journal noted that "dusty plasma research has become a truly interdisciplinary field during the last 20 years, applicable to diverse phenomena in nature, in the laboratory, and in industry."
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